With 4 games remaining on their 2015 schedule, the Carolina Panthers have a pretty good shot of going undefeated. And with any undefeated team that has made it this far, it’s only right that we get out udual comments from former Miami Dolphins running back Mercury Morris, member of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins.
The only team to finish a season unbeaten in NFL history. But I’m sure you already knew that.
We already heard from Morris earlier this year when the Patriots, Bengals and Panthers reached 8-0:
“It means nothing that you’re 8-0, or 9-0, 10-0, 11-0, 12-0, 13-0, 14-0, 15-0, 16-0, 17-0, 18-0,” Morris told ESPN.com.
Much to the surprise of no one, Morris isn’t impressed by 12-0 but he did tell TMZ Sports “I have to take my hat off to them, it’s not easy to get 12 wins.”
He also spoke about teams making it to 12-0 only to lose game 13: “The Broncos did it, Colts and the Saints a few years back,” he said. “Let them get past that jinx of the 13th game and then come ask me again if I think they will have a perfect season.”
But later on in the interview he actually answered that: “Do you know the second biggest canyon in the U.S.?” he said. “No, because everyone only knows about the Grand Canyon. No one cares about the second to do anything.”
Really man? This is the NFL…it’s a little different. This is a “what have you done for me lately?” league.
One of the reasons Morris speaks out so much is because he feels those 1972 Dolphins don’t get enough respect….despite having an achievement that has gone unmatched for over 40 years.
The truth is yes, the 1972 Dolphins are greatly underappreciated by fans and football media alike. We know about the team, but what do we really know? Despite having a few Hall of Fame players on the team, the first person that comes to mind is the Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. They aren’t the greatest offensive or defensive team in NFL History. Despite being a great football team, they aren’t one of the first two teams of the 70s you would mention. That distinction belongs to the Raiders and the Steelers.
There has long been a perception that these Dolphins sit around every year cheering for every undefeated to lose and popping bottles to celebrate. And while that notion has been put down by the likes of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, the idea still exist. And it doesn’t help that Morris speaks out like a grumpy ass man every year. Or the bitter ex girlfriend who can’t help but remind everyone she’s better than new girl because she had “him” first”. It’s tired and quite frankly no one cares.
Although I think the Panthers will go 15-1, it would be very interesting if they continue to win. We’ll get to hear more comments from Mercury and maybe others.